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Grateful Dead Live at Springfield Civic Center on 1980-09-03


Topics Live concert


Mississippi Half Step-> Franklin's Tower, Mama Tried-> Mexicali Blues, Althea-> Little Red Rooster, Candyman, Easy To Love You, Let It Grow-> Deal Feel Like A Stranger, High Time, Lost Sailor-> Saint Of Circumstance-> Drums-> He's Gone-> Truckin'-> Black Peter-> Around & Around-> Johnny B. Goode, E: Brokedown Palace


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Springfield Civic Center
Location Springfield, MA

Source Audience Recording
Lineage MAC > ? > CD > EAC > SHNv3
Taped by
Transferred by

Notes

MAC > ? > CD > EAC > SHNv3; EAC(secure mode) and encoded to shnv3(seek enabled) by Charles Bass

Reviews

Reviewer: The TRUE Bucky - - November 24, 2013
Subject: Hangover
Chris really nails it in his comment below. The band was a bit hung over, but who could blame them?

They'd just come off the best, greatest release; the hugest climax they'd had in many a year.

It had started Friday in Philly, with the highlight being a great 2nd set featuring the scorching Let it Grow > He's Gone > TOO. Saturday never touched that but was better from start to finish: hot, hot, hot. Sunday was the best show I'd ever seen ~ until Tuesday's classic Rochester's Aiko > Dew > Mag made all other shows pale in comparison.

So, Springfield was left with the crumbs that fell of the table. But some pretty decent crumbs they were. Halfstep > Franklin's to open & Let it Grow to close the set this week, so how bad can it be? (although this Deal has the distinction of being the very last before the second instrumental was added during the acoustic shows).

The second set has few highlights, but Stranger was one. it's listed at 11 minutes. 11 minutes would be one of the longest ever played. High Time was nice ~ I couldn't help think how it would've done nicely switched with Ship of Fools the previous night.

After that, things just collapse as the band mails it in on fumes. The dreaded appearance on another Lost > St. takes place, and I recall oddly that the 'next song' was truncated during the jam as Jerry hurried to the drums...

Well, after the drums/space, we found out the missing song from after Saint of Circumstance: He's Gone, one of the few times ever in this slot ~ and no big deal, believe me.

After that, we got the Deadhead's worst nightmare circa '80-81: Truckin > Peter > Around & Around...

Johnny B Goode I guess after that.

The true highlight of the night was watching a cop gather his fellow policemen to watch a tripping kid walk in a circle about 2 feet in diameter... for the entire second set, looking at his feet...as the cops laugh hysterically.

Amazingly, the band was back on top of things next show in Providence and finished off the tour with the legendary concert in Lewiston, Maine 2 days after that on 9/6/80.
Reviewer: chris phillips - - October 16, 2013
Subject: High Time
Naturally, after Rochester they were a little sluggish here.

This week and 1981 were the best part of the 80's,
a good scene.
Reviewer: lilrichwhiteboy - - May 15, 2013
Subject: Didn't Make The Trip Like The Rest Of You Guys.
And after listening to the stream a couple of weeks ago, I find the 31st, 2nd, and 4th much better than this one. To my recollection, Bobby and Jerry were not singing particularly well. If The Boyz were playing up a storm (and it's very possible they were), I just remember their poor vocals were getting most of my attention. Sorry.
Reviewer: farfromme83 - - October 1, 2009
Subject: Another Great one
This show smokes...Could be the smoothest and best played Easy to Love you ever...Brent was so good...After Brent left us the band lost alot. Saw lots of shows between 81 and 88...wish I saw this one...this is great!!
Reviewer: spacecowboy - - January 5, 2008
Subject: Holy Sickness!
Garcia is playing like a man possessed. Let It Grow was especially hot. Good souding Aud. that needs to be DL.
Reviewer: laptaper - - May 24, 2007
Subject: Clap on - clap OFF!!!
I'd download this excellent recording, except for one thing - that idiot constantly clapping next to the mikes. He ruined Althea and LIG for me, I'm not going to bother finding out what else. >:-(
Reviewer: capn doubledose - - December 15, 2005
Subject: Best 1st set of 1980
Let it Grow is indisputably the best of the year and one of the best of the 80's OR 90's and this comes on the back of an incomparable first set. The Radio City shows I saw weeks after this cannot touch this for sheer power and I think this even better than Rochester. While the show's intensity slows a bit in the 2nd set from breakneck to just plain great - it is definately worth a listen.
Reviewer: Skippy61 - - November 15, 2005
Subject: nice aud
Hey all

don't know what it is but i love this show. I was logged onto nug.net and they had the Brokedown from this show and i could not click on my link fast enough and prayed to the gods that this show was on the blessed archive and it WAS. Bless you keepers of this gem and your families for generations. Damn I love this show, i say that alot but for some reason this one stands out.

please do your self a big favour get this one, even if you are a SBD junkie. you'll dig it! :)

Peace:Skippy
Reviewer: mewoff@hotmail.com - - April 1, 2005
Subject: The Greatest Day of My Life 9-3-1980
Believe it or not as you wish, I was working for the Dead this day. It's the throw away job bands give out to friends of the concert producers or a radio station giveaway contest. I was the lucky one. I missed a few songs due to having to "work", but I'll remember this show as very well played and one hell of a lot of fun the likes of which I'll never experience again. Thanks to the Band for making me feel like I was just there and not a nuisance, and thanks to Don Dressler of Cross Country Concerts (tm) for getting me the gig in the first place.
Reviewer: batcaver - - January 21, 2005
Subject: Springfield
Apparently there's a statue "the puritan" of an ancestor of mine in springfield. he would not have approved of the fun i had there at the '85 show. some say that the raw form of what i ingested was the root of the activities spawning the salem witch hunt. regardless, i wish i had seen this show, it rocks hard. good balanced audience recording.
Reviewer: DrDoug - - January 18, 2005
Subject: the bus came by and i got on . . .
this was my first grateful dead concert, and was way more fun than i thought it would be - had only heard the "popular" songs on the radio up to that point. Never been the same since, thank you very much. not knowing the names of songs, i remembered lyrics of He's gone, High time, and the next day i bought workingman's dead and europe 72.

i was surprised and delighted with the difference between the radio version i heard of truckin, and the way they rocked it out at this show. First set althea was good, and let it grow was spectacular (i even enjoyed the lights!). the second set sold me, though: a howlin' feel like a stranger, a sweet high time with some punch to it, drums, space, and then he's gone>truckin'! This is still one of my favorite versions of truckin'(and high time, actually). black peter also sizzles. all capped off by the sweetest brokedown palace i ever heard. Nice aud recording, you can really feel the audience. To me, the Springfield, MA audiences were always a tiny bit more relaxed than Hartford to the south, and Boston to the east. Too bad the boys couldn't play there much after this show (they only returned for 1985, after which they were irrevocably banned). on this recording, the audience sounds just plain happy to be there. i sure was. i never found a tape of this show, and it is a REAL TREAT to hear it again 24 plus years later. thank you all at the archive!
Reviewer: mattm - - January 1, 2005
Subject: Great show - remember it quite well
I was at this show , truly unbelieveable playing by Jerry. I was 4th row , I recorded the show ( not this version) and I mostly got sound from Jerry's amp/monitor - so my version wasn't well balanced with the rest of the band ( fine for me).
Listen to Jerry's chord leads on let it grow - I remember dropping my jaw at the time. Althea is beautiful as well as sweet Brokedown. 1st set in general was pretty vibrant - first 4 songs go straight into each other - overall - damn fine show
Reviewer: mattm - - January 1, 2005
Subject: Great show - remember it quite well
I was at this show , truly unbelieveable playing by Jerry. I was 4th row , I recorded the show ( not this version) and I mostly got sound from Jerry's amp/monitor - so my version wasn't well balanced with the rest of the band ( fine for me).
Listen to Jerry's chord leads on let it grow - I remember dropping my jaw at the time. Althea is beautiful as well as sweet Brokedown. 1st set in general was pretty vibrant - first 4 songs go straight into each other - overall - damn fine show
Reviewer: Dtrain - - December 19, 2004
Subject: First Set
Very nice AUD recording. The whole show is very well done and sounds great. The first set is distiguished by particularly high energy,song selection, and great playing. Thanks to the uploader and God Bless the Good Ole Greatful Dead!
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